Accion International

  • Project Associate, HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance

    Location : City Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/24/2019 11:25 AM)
    Job ID
    Accion International
  • Overview

    The Project Associate is a temporary assignment. This position will work within a team led by the Senior Director of Research. The candidate will be responsible for organizing the 2020 HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance, in addition to supporting Financial Inclusion Week among other responsibilities.


    Key Areas of Responsibility


    PROJECT SUPPORT: The candidate will serve as the program coordinator for the HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance, the first executive education program of its kind to provide high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market.


    Specific responsibilities include:  

    • Process all incoming program applications; manage acceptances and payments processing:
    • Maintain all application details in database
    • Confirm receipt of all applications and manage all program inquiries from applicants
    • Maintain list of accepted/rejected/waitlisted participants
    • Track program acceptances and fill free spaces as necessary
    • Track deposits and payments for program
    • Work with HBS Executive Education team to ensure that necessary visa letters are sent out in a timely fashion
    • Support distribution of scholarships:
    • Process scholarship applications 
    • Work with the finance department to generate and amend invoices
    • Manage communications with scholarship recipients
    • Pre-program preparations:
    • Maintain an up-to-date status of final participants
    • Compile database of program participants’ demographics
    • Work with HBS Executive Education team to finalize pre-program preparations


    COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH: The position supports communications and research dissemination efforts for Financial Inclusion Week, CFI’s annual decentralized “conference,” and the CFI Research Fellows Program, which includes stakeholder engagement, graphic design and in-person and virtual event planning and promotion, often in coordination with the CFI communications team.

    In addition, the position will also support the Senior Director of Research and other CFI staff to ensure that the CFI Research Fellows have what they need to succeed and are on-track to complete their work on time, helping to bring project deliverables and final reports to completion.


    • Availability of 35 hours a week through the end of April 2020
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., international relations, international development, or economics) required; Masters degree a plus
    • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills; ability to work across cultures and correspond with HBS-Accion Program applicants in a professional manner
    • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and deadline-oriented
    • Excellent writing and editing skills (from blog posts to concept notes) with a track-record of producing high-quality content for a variety of contexts
    • Self-starter; equally effective working independently and as part of a team
    • Professional-level fluency in English required; fluency or professional proficiency in Spanish or French preferred
    • Familiarity with events management, graphic design software, cloud-based file management, and CRM systems preferred
    • Interested in our mission and working globally
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain, and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others.


    Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 110 partners in 50 countries.



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